The first three finalists for the Rose Bowl Game All-Century Class of the 1900s and 1910s were announced Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. They are Patty Driscoll (Great Lakes Navy), George Halas (Great Lakes Navy) and Neil Snow (Michigan). The remaining nominees, chosen by the Football Writers Association of America for the 100th playing of the Granddaddy of Them All, will be announced each week by decade; the details of the selection and schedule have been posted in this column.
Running back Neil Snow scored the first touchdown in Rose Bowl history on Jan. 1, 1902. He holds the record for both number of touchdowns and most points scored in a single Rose Bowl Game with five five-point TDs. Michigan defeated Stanford so badly—the score was 49-zip—that what was then called the East-West Game was not played again until 1916. Snow was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1990.
Patty Driscoll and George Halas were teammates on the 1919 Great Lakes Navy team that defeated Mare Island Marines, 17-0. Driscoll had quarterbacked for Northwestern before joining the US Navy in World War I. He completed four of eight passes for 77 yards in the fifth Rose Bowl Game. He punted for an average of 43.3 yards, including punts of 50 and 60 yards, returned punts totaling 115 yards, and drop-kicked a field goal from the 30-yard line.
“Papa Bear” Halas got his nickname from his many years coaching the Chicago Bears, but long before that he played for the University of Illinois as a three-sport athlete and Great Lakes Navy. At the time, World War I had depleted college football teams. Halas made a 45-yard touchdown reception and returned an interception 77 yards to the Mare Island 3-yard line, earning him Player of the Game.
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